Holiday Crafts: Thanksgiving Place Cards

I’ve found, as a mother of three girls, that making place cards is a great craft to do along with your children. It creates the desired result, and gives the added bonus of quality time and warm memories. It’s also a great idea for the novice crafter in your family.

My first card is always a big hit with the little ones in my family. Here’s a list of the items you’ll need to create this place card.

  • poster board, preferably white
  • glitter, all kinds of colors
  • glue, Elmer’s School Glue works fine.
  • Scissors.
  • Fine tipped Sharpie Marker, or you can use a Calligraphy pen.
  • Ruler.
  • Pencil.

You’ll want to cut out a six inch by three inch rectangle. Once that’s done, you’ll want to measure three inches up one side and draw a very faint straight line. Fold your place card along that faint line, trying to keep the edges, as even as, possible. Once you’ve folded your first place card, you can cut a unique edging around the outside of the card, or leave it plain.
You’ll then want to use your fine tipped marker, or Calligraphy pen to write the desired name onto the place card. Once all the cards have been cut out, folded, and named; then the fun starts. Put a very thin line of glue, use your imagination, along the outside edge of the card. Sprinkle the glue with glitter and let dry. You’ll want to allow enough time for the glue and glitter to dry well.

This second card can also double as a keepsake for family members, especially those you don’t see often. Here is a list of the items you’ll need to create this place holder.

  • poster board, preferably white
  • copy paper
  • fine tipped Sharpie marker, or Calligraphy pen
  • glue
  • a recent photo of your family
  • Edged Scissors
  • Ruler

Start by measuring about eight inches by five inches for each place card. Once they’ve all been properly cut out, you can trim the edges off with your edged scissors. After carefully placing the names of each person at the top of their individual card, you can then glue a printed photo of your family just underneath their name. Once the glue has dried, you can either write a nice Happy Thanksgiving, or Happy Turkey Day, whichever your preference. Then, you can glue a short list of major events that have happened in your family over the last year or so.

Thanksgiving is a great day to show our gratitude for our loved ones, and there’s no better place to start, than with home made place holders. Happy Thanksgiving!

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